Rep. Joe Cunningham

Rep. Joe Cunningham Former Representative of South Carolina's Lowcountry in Congress, January 2019 - January 2021

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The hardworking families in the Lowcountry have waited long enough. This is why I voted yes on tonight’s COVID-19 relief...
12/22/2020

The hardworking families in the Lowcountry have waited long enough. This is why I voted yes on tonight’s COVID-19 relief package:

12/17/2020

I just gave my farewell remarks to Congress on the House Floor.

It's been the honor of a lifetime. Thank you for giving me the chance.

I will be on the House floor shortly to deliver my farewell address to Congress. You can watch live here: https://live.h...
12/17/2020
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I will be on the House floor shortly to deliver my farewell address to Congress. You can watch live here: https://live.house.gov/

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79 years ago, the course of our country's history was changed. Today, we remember the servicemembers who lost their live...
12/07/2020

79 years ago, the course of our country's history was changed.

Today, we remember the servicemembers who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor and the heroism and bravery of everyone who stepped up to defend our country in the aftermath.

As I wrap up my final days in DC, I’ve been reflecting on my accomplishments and those of my predecessors. Of all the fo...
12/04/2020

As I wrap up my final days in DC, I’ve been reflecting on my accomplishments and those of my predecessors. Of all the footsteps I’ve been fortunate enough to follow, none loom quite as large as Joseph Rainey, the first African American to serve in the House and a fellow Representative of the First District. Glad I had the chance to stop by his exhibit in the Capitol today.

12/03/2020
Problem Solvers Caucus

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Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus is coming together to highlight the ongoing push for comprehensive bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief to help American students, families, small businesses, workers, and health care providers during this crisis.

10/30/2020

I receive a fair bit of mail as the Lowcountry’s representative in Congress. But I’ve got to say, this was one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy this letter from ten-year-old Teagan as much as I did and take solace in knowing that with future leaders like Teagan, our world is in pretty good hands.

This is great news and another big win for conservation! The ACE Act will help fund several critical conservation progra...
10/30/2020
Trump signs bipartisan bill funding conservation grants

This is great news and another big win for conservation! The ACE Act will help fund several critical conservation programs right here in the Lowcountry - including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Most importantly, it will help keep our waterways, wetlands, and wildlife healthy for generations of birders, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/523611-trump-signs-bipartisan-bill-funding-conservation-grants

President Trump on Friday approved a bipartisan bill that funds several popular conservation grants.

Tune in to my special, bipartisan COVID-19 town hall TODAY at 12 PM right here on my page. We'll be answering y...
10/30/2020

Tune in to my special, bipartisan COVID-19 town hall TODAY at 12 PM right here on my page. We'll be answering your questions about COVID-19 relief and much more!

Millions of Americans are still waiting on their 2019 tax refund. And many South Carolina families cannot afford to wait...
10/27/2020
Millions of taxpayers still waiting for their federal tax returns

Millions of Americans are still waiting on their 2019 tax refund. And many South Carolina families cannot afford to wait any longer. If you're still waiting, you can check the status of your refund using the IRS "where's my refund?" tool at https://www.irs.gov/refunds or call my office at (843) 352-7572 for help.

More than 2 million Americans are still waiting on a refund according to the IRS. In fact, Representative Joe Cunningham's office says it has fielded more than 500 calls alone from worried constituents here in the Lowcountry who need that money. “These aren’t just tax returns, these are....

Congratulations to Charleston native Shepard Fairey for his artwork being featured on Time Magazine. The artwork shows t...
10/23/2020

Congratulations to Charleston native Shepard Fairey for his artwork being featured on Time Magazine. The artwork shows the extra difficulties associated with voting during a pandemic and the sheer determination held by voters to make their voices heard. Let’s honor the artwork of Fairey and make sure we all get out and vote!

Good news, SC Cares is a new statewide grant program that provides grants to minority and small businesses, as well as n...
10/20/2020
CARES Act | accelerateSC

Good news, SC Cares is a new statewide grant program that provides grants to minority and small businesses, as well as nonprofits, to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or revenue loss due to COVID-19. Grants for small and minority businesses will range from $2500 to $25,000 and $2,500 to $50,000 for small businesses.

You can find more info and where to apply at accelerate.sc.gov/cares-act

PLEASE READ: Executive Order 2020-63 (PDF) urges counties and municipalities to enact ordinances requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public settings. Make sure to check which counties and municipalities have enacted face mask ordinances when considering guidelines for businesses, gatheri...

Rep. Joe Cunningham
10/15/2020

Rep. Joe Cunningham

I was proud to help facilitate SC Health’s generous donation of 4,000 masks to East Cooper Community Outreach, which will help keep staff and members of our community safe. And I got to help distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to SC families in need through ECCO’s Fresh & Free Farmer's Market!

I was proud to help facilitate SC Health’s generous donation of 4,000 masks to East Cooper Community Outreach, which wil...
10/15/2020

I was proud to help facilitate SC Health’s generous donation of 4,000 masks to East Cooper Community Outreach, which will help keep staff and members of our community safe. And I got to help distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to SC families in need through ECCO’s Fresh & Free Farmer's Market!

10/15/2020

Get your flu shot, wash your hands, and wear your masks! Let’s get through this flu season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic together by doing our part and taking all the right precautions.

‼️ ATTENTION SC ‼️TODAY is the last chance to respond to the 2020 census. Right now, only 63% of folks in SC-01 have com...
10/15/2020
Census 2020

‼️ ATTENTION SC ‼️

TODAY is the last chance to respond to the 2020 census. Right now, only 63% of folks in SC-01 have completed the form.

This is your last chance to get counted and and make sure the Lowcountry gets our fair share of resources for schools, hospitals, infrastructure, housing, and more. It takes less than 5 minutes! Go to http://my2020census.gov to fill out the form and tell any friends and family who haven't yet to do the same!

10/14/2020
The Threat of Offshore Drilling and the Need for a Permanent Federal Ban

Today at 2:00 PM, I am participating in the House Natural Resource Committee's virtual forum on the threat of offshore drilling and the need for a permanent ban. I'm thrilled to be joined by Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling and Kerry and Mark Marhefka of Abundant Seafood. You can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk0HHLiSa6s&feature=emb_title

The Trump administration proposed to lease more than 90% of America’s coastlines up to offshore oil and gas drilling. In 2019, House Democrats passed #Protec...

10/13/2020

Happy 245th birthday to the US Navy! The Navy knows "not self, but country" and has protected our great nation for almost two and a half centuries.

Strong local news outlets are more important than ever and I'm grateful to Lowcountry outlets for keeping folks informed...
10/13/2020
Cunningham Cosponsors the Local Journalism Sustainability Act

Strong local news outlets are more important than ever and I'm grateful to Lowcountry outlets for keeping folks informed. I am proud to support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act to help them survive COVID-19.

Charleston, S.C. – Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) today cosponsored the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, bipartisan legislation that proposes a series of tax credits aimed at bolstering local newspapers and media in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local news publications were already facing finan...

It is the honor of my life to represent Parris Island in Congress. For 100 years, tens of thousands of Marines have star...
10/09/2020
Cunningham Joins South Carolina Delegation to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Parris Island

It is the honor of my life to represent Parris Island in Congress. For 100 years, tens of thousands of Marines have started their outstanding service to our nation in our backyard - and that won't change on my watch. I'm proud to join my colleagues in the South Carolina delegation to introduce legislation to protect Parris Island by prohibiting federal funds from being used to close the base. Read more about the Parris Island Protection Act here: https://cunningham.house.gov/media/press-releases/cunningham-joins-south-carolina-delegation-introduce-bipartisan-legislation

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), who represents Parris Island, today joined Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05), to introduce the Parris Island Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would protect Pa...

It is the honor of my life to represent Parris Island in Congress. For 100 years, tens of thousands of Marines have star...
10/09/2020
Cunningham Joins South Carolina Delegation to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Parris Island

It is the honor of my life to represent Parris Island in Congress. For 100 years, tens of thousands of Marines have started their outstanding service to our nation in our backyard - and that won't change on my watch. I'm proud to join my colleagues in the South Carolina delegation to introduce legislation to protect Parris Island by prohibiting federal funds from being used to close the base. Read more about the Parris Island Protection Act here: https://cunningham.house.gov/media/press-releases/cunningham-joins-south-carolina-delegation-introduce-bipartisan-legislation

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), who represents Parris Island, today joined Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05), to introduce the Parris Island Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would protect Pa...

10/07/2020

America agrees: the Lowcountry is irresistible! For the fourth consecutive year, Hilton Head Island has been voted the Number 1 Island in the US by readers of Condé Nast Travel. Charleston was also voted Number 1 Small City in the US, their 10th time on the list. The hospitality of Hilton Head Island and Charleston makes these tourist destinations just feel just like home. Congrats!

10/02/2020

I am so proud to have passed the Family Support Services for Addiction Act yesterday, bipartisan legislation that would create a $25 million grant program to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide services for families impacted by addiction.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated America’s addiction crisis. And we know how critical a role families play in the recovery process for their loved ones – from making insurance claims, identifying treatment options, and exploring how they can best help their loved ones recover.

Ending the addiction crisis takes all of us, which is why I am proud to stand with my colleagues to advance this legislation.

10/01/2020

The House JUST passed the ACE Act - major bipartisan legislation to would reauthorize or establish several vital wildlife conservation programs including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

During this critical time for the future of our community and the planet, the ACE Act is a comprehensive victory for conservation funding, access to public lands, and the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. It’s a victory for birders, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. I look forward to President Trump swiftly signing this legislation into law so that we can keep our wildlife and waterways healthy.

When it comes to curbing China’s human rights abuses, violation of international norms, and exploitation of COVID-19, De...
09/30/2020

When it comes to curbing China’s human rights abuses, violation of international norms, and exploitation of COVID-19, Democrats and Republicans stand united. I joined a small bipartisan group of my colleagues at the White House today to meet with White House Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger and discuss how to tackle these challenges.

Parris Island is the crown jewel of South Carolina's many critical military installations and there is nothing I won't d...
09/30/2020
Rep. Cunningham pledges to keep Parris Island open after latest report of possible closure

Parris Island is the crown jewel of South Carolina's many critical military installations and there is nothing I won't do to ensure that it remains open.

As one of the two training depots in the country that makes enlisted Marines, and the only depot that currently makes enlisted female Marines, Parris Island is vital to our national security. I know how critical it is that Parris Island has the resources it needs to continue to prepare our best and brightest, which is why I’ve fought tooth and nail to mitigate flooding concerns, prioritize their climate-resiliency, and provide Parris Island with the resources they need to continue ensuring a strong national defense.

Rep. Joe Cunningham vows that Parris Island will remain open after a report that the training base camp could be closed down. In a report from the Military Times, the U. S. Marine Corps is considering closing the boot camp, as well as the one in San Diego, becausethey cannot support "gender-integrat...

A huge congratulations is in order for Dr. Michael Robert Zile of MUSC for receiving the 2020 Governor’s Award for Excel...
09/29/2020
Zile honored with state’s highest research award

A huge congratulations is in order for Dr. Michael Robert Zile of MUSC for receiving the 2020 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science, which is the state’s highest honor for research. His work in the fields of heart failure basic, translational and clinical research, and heart failure clinical research have been used worldwide to inform doctors on the best practices in this field.

Dr. Zile serves as the Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of Medicine at MUSC and as chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical center. The Lowcountry is thankful for his service in keeping us healthy and caring for the many veterans in our district.

Michael Robert Zile, M.D., has received the 2020 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science.

I couldn't agree more. I know just how important all of our Lowcountry military installations -- but especially Parris I...
09/25/2020
Parris Island must not be closed — and all of SC must unite to ensure that it’s not

I couldn't agree more. I know just how important all of our Lowcountry military installations -- but especially Parris Island - are to the Lowcountry's culture, economy, traditions, and our national security. Last year, the House passed my amendment to protect Lowcountry military installations by preventing federal funds from being used for base realignment and closure (BRAC). I'll fight like hell to protect Parris Island as well.

The Marine Corps is weighing an idea to shutter the training base — and that can’t happen.

09/24/2020

On the House floor today, I paid tribute to the wonderful life of Amari President. While this immeasurable loss echoed throughout the state, the Lowcountry gained comfort from knowing Amari, his smile, and his passion for his local community. I know he was going to be president one day, but the leadership and love Amari left in our hearts will inspire generations to come.

09/24/2020

We celebrate #NationalSmallBusinessWeek and the local stores that make the Lowcountry thrive. In the midst of a global pandemic, I implore you to shop local and support the small businesses that make our community vibrant. When you buy local, you are keeping your money in the community you live in and encouraging economic growth for your neighbors.

What is your favorite local shop?

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Open Letter to U.S. Congress Why You Are In Congress Why do people from all around the world wish to come to America? Is it to go to Disneyland? Is it to go to Hollywood? Is it to view the vast beautiful natural wonders of its parks, its rivers, its rustic towns and beautiful scenery from West to East and South to North? The reason people come to America can be found in one word - Freedom! You are in Congress to help insure that we continue to enjoy that freedom for which so many gallant men and women have sacrificed their bodies and lives. What guarantees that freedom? The Bill of Rights and our Constitution are the foundations of that freedom to which we so dearly cling. Without elections free from fraud, we lose our freedom. We lose America. Many states, especially the Swing States of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin,Arizona and Nevada changed their election laws in an unconstitutional manner by not having those changes being enacted by their legislatures per the U.S. Constitution in the months and weeks leading up to the November 3rd Election this year.The changes made in those states encouraged fraudulent voting and that fraud was seen in numerous cases changing the outcome of the Presidential Election. The Supreme Court refused to look at the evidence and try the case. It is their job to enforce the Constitution of the United States of America. They failed to do so and in that failing therein lies the beginning of the end of freedom in America. You can correct their error on January 6th by throwing out ALL the illegal votes cast in the swing states even though that means throwing out many votes that were legal. That is the only way to correct the outcome. If this 2020 election stands, the reason you are in Congress and the reason people from all over the world wish to come to America is gone. Choose freedom!
The American taxpayer is TIRED of how you in Congress spend our money. Trying to rush and pass a 5500 page bill in a matter of hours when no one has read it. Just like Pelosi “We need to pass it so we can see what’s in it”…SHAMEFUL, IRRESPONSIBLE, WRECKLESS…with OUR money. In the COVID relief bill you MUST increase what each American gets…they have suffered greatly especially in the states refusing to open for business. These people and businesses must be targeted for relief so they can survive. REMOVE THE PORK…ALL OF IT, this is another thing the American people are tired of. In order to get something important to all, much waste is slipped in with it. We are in 20 TRILLION dollars of debt…DOES THAT REGISTER WITH ANYONE IN DC??? GET BUSY AND WRITE A PROPER BILL THAT CAN BE AGREED UPON…ESPECIALY BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I’ve worked a lot of holidays in my life, you might have to work these coming holidays.
Dear Mr. Cunningham, Just to let you know how impressed and honored I was to have you represent me in Congress the last 2 years. I have always been a Republican, but as I get older, the inequalities I see have altered my thinking. I was deeply disappointed that Ms. Mace won this election, and I hope that it is not the last public office you hold. You said you would get involved in the environment, and you did. You have stood for honesty, integrity, hard work and above all values that matter. Thank you for your service, and you certainly have my vote for any office you aspire to. Nancy B. Robinson Charleston, SC 29401
Bye bye One Term Joe!!!
Soooo you want all South Carolinians to wear face diapers for a virus with over a 96% survival rate???? You know where you can go Joe Cunningham! You and the whole pathetic lying cheating Demonrat party!!! I WILL NOT COMPLY!!! You jerks impose rules on us peons yet never follow them yourselves!!!!
Come on Rep. Joe Cunningham, act NOW and vote YES on HR3884, the MORE Act.
Remember what I said, that he would not be reelected!
Joe, be gracious, you never should have voted to impeach the president, that was your fatal mistake. Congratulate Nancy.
Hey Joe, time to concede..
It is now a Banana Republic and you have said nothing! Coward!